LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was set to train with the L.A. Galaxy for the first time since the announcement that the Mexican soccer star signed with the team.

Hernandez spoke to reporters in Carson at his official introductory news conference Thursday and said he already feels at home in L.A.

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“You see all the belief that people have in me, all the value they give me,” said Hernandez. “I’ve been treated with a lot of value, a lot of respect.”

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LAX sounded more like a wild soccer game as fans greeted Hernandez, who arrived in Los Angeles Wednesday night.

The striker recently signed a three-year deal worth $18 million with the LA Galaxy and will train with the team for the first time Thursday. He is also scheduled to hold a news conference.

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Chicharitos’ signing with the LA Galaxy has been called even bigger than David Beckham’s move across the pond to join the team in 2007.